Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Day After - Or Family Lunch

Whew - we are tired today! 

The girls, Michael and I took  the Texan Gherkins to the airport at 0615.  That left all of us girls going out to breakfast with Michael. I hope he enjoyed it as much as we did. It's rare we get breakfast with Michael.

 Michael and I had a meeting in the a.m. with our endorser. It was a good time to recount how God has worked and how we think He may lead in the future.

Will and Sherri hosted a family dinner at their home (right next door to Drew and Krista's).  It was fun to sit and relax with family. We wished we could have worked out a time for everyone to get together before the Texans left - but there was really only so much time and we did our best with the brunch. ::grin::
Sherri and Will (D's brother)
We were happy to pick Mom G up at Rebecca's and bring her over! 

Dakota is a champ! 

Cousin Lorri and Me

My Mom 

My Dad

 Drew - one of Will and Sherri's 3 kids

Stacia and Harmony are best cousins - Harmony is Will & Sherri's granddaughter. The love the bounce house in the basement. 

Layla is a sweetie. Drew was a bit worried how she would react with so many people in the house.She did great. At first her and Zander didn't hit it off - but by the end of the week she was fine with him too. 

Harmony managed to get everyone playing play dough with her.

Layla runs and jumps into Drew's arms when he calls her. 

Gracie (Will's Dog) is a beautiful dog too. 

It was a great way to unwind and enjoy the company of family after our busy week. Tomorrow, we will head back to CA. 

Choosing Joy!
©2013 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Jesus' Math

...I feel compassion...Where will anyone be able to find enough bread here in this desolate place to satisfy these people? He gave thanks and broke them...they served them to the people and they ate and were satisfied, and they picked up seven large baskets full.... Mark 8: 1-9

Where do you find spiritual nourishment in a desolate place to feed a crowd?

I have felt this weight.....I'm sure most leaders have....and I think many who are not leaders can identify as well. Where? There are so many needs. My resources, my energy, my time, my wisdom is limited.

Mark tells us Jesus felt compassion. He wanted these people to be satisfied. Love compelled Him to act!

The disciples had only to bring what they had to Jesus.

Jesus blessed what they brought.

He broke what they brought and  returned it to them to serve to others.

All were satisfied.

It was more than enough.

They started with seven loaves;  after the bringing, blessing and breaking, there were seven large baskets full left.

The bringing can sting our pride but is fairly easy is one is aware of their inadequacies. The blessing we eagerly anticipate. The breaking?  Breaking can hurt. Have you been broken? Have you been broken on behalf of another?  When you've been broken by Jesus the blessing flow from your life to others.

 Jesus takes what little I have and multiplies it; He takes my great sin and erases it!

I find it ironic, with seven baskets full of loaves and fish....that they immediately find themselves on the other side of the lake with nothing but one loaf of bread (verse 14). ::snort:: 

Matthew 14 tells of another feeding incidence with more details - including the words bring, bless, break....

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...